Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m Maximillian Malone, I grew in Southampton but from a young age I knew I wanted to move to Bristol. It’s where a lot of my family are from. My Aunt who is a brilliant ceramicist studied at Bower (as I do now) and my Great Grandmother also lived here until she was one hundred, she then moved to Spain!
What do you do?
Overall I’d have to say paper is my medium. As a child I loved to cut and paste and not much has changed since then, I’ve even started a Collage Club here in Bristol because of this obsession.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Over the summer Car Boot sales were very rewarding as a hungry artist. Rummaging through peoples junk, finding hidden treasures as starting points for new exploration. I love rubbish; it’s a strange zone between culture and nature. Transforming this and presenting what we already have around us is in different ways is at the heart of what I’m trying to achieve.
What are you working on at the moment?
As a team of designers we’ve been working on a Zine focusing on Turbo Island in Stokes Croft, which is to be exhibited at the Arnolfini. It’s been very entertaining gathering research from this strange little piece of land; the characters you meet there have been from all walks of life.
What does the future hold?
When it’s eventually time to say goodbye to Bower I hope to take Collage Club on a summer festival tour. I’m also planning another trip through Europe with my brother on our longboards. The past two summers we’ve travelled to both Berlin and Stockholm using no money for transport or accommodation. With backpacks and boards we set off each summer for six weeks, with a motto of ‘Keep On Rolling’. I still don’t know what’s happening after summer adventures but as long as I’m following my passions I’m sure I’ll land on my feet.
See more of Max’s work on his blog.
Collage Club is a creative social aiming to stick paper and people together. Located in the heart of Stokes Croft, Collage Club is a sticky blend of collaborative art, music, DJ’s, games, guest speakers, prizes and much more.
Using discarded print material we re-imagine and transform reality with paper and scissors. It is always a night to remember and enjoy for all, regardless of skill level and artistic background. Materials and tools are provided, all you need is to get the beers in!
Collage Club runs regularly at The Crofters Rights, like them on facebook to keep in the loop!